By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
After starting the season by losing four of their first six games, two of which came during their own tournament, things looked bleak for the Corbin Lady Redhounds.
Fast-forward nearly two months and Jennifer Parsons’ squad is at 18-7 on the season (12-3 against 13th Region foes), fresh off a win over Whitley County that locked up the top seed in the upcoming 50th District Tournament.
Despite the slow start coupled with the vast improvement over the course of the season, Parsons said she isn’t surprised with anything her team has thus far.
“Coming into the season, I felt like we had potential to be a good team. Our schedule shows we’ve played some tough teams and in turn, we've gotten better,” Parsons said. “I think by playing some of those teams we have given ourselves an opportunity to grow and find out some of our weaknesses as a team.
“Even though we took some hits early on, we have gotten better,” she added. “With the group of girls we have, they are eager to improve and they are always looking at what they didn’t do well, as opposed to being satisfied when they win a big game.”
After Friday’s win over the Lady Colonels, Corbin has now won six straight, their longest winning streak of the season. It’s the second time this year they have won at least four in a row and, since falling to Mercer County on Dec. 7 when they were 2-4, the Lady Redhounds are 16-3.
Having played as well as they have, Parsons said the most exciting thing she sees in her team is the will to improve even when they’re winning games.
“One thing I can say about this group is they have that continuous will to improve,” Parsons said. “Obviously when a team loses, it’s good to see that they want to improve on their mistakes, but even when our kids win you can tell that they still want to do better.
“Whether it’s making a certain pass that they didn’t make or something really small, our kids are constantly striving to improve,” she added. “I just think it says a lot about a team when you don’t have to tell them all the things they need to improve upon constantly.”
As the season winds down, Parsons said her team’s will to improve is exactly why she expects the Lady Redhounds to make some noise in the postseason. Though she admits nothing is going to come easy.
“This team really wants to prove that they can compete with the best teams in our region,” Parsons said. “I think by looking at our record, you can see that we have been able to do so in the regular season.
“We’ll just continue to go about our routine as far as preparation and get ready one game at a time,” she added. “That’s really all you can do and if we continue to do it well, I think we’ll be alright.”
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By Chris Parsons / Staff Writer
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